1129. Rhodostethia rosea

1129. Cuneate-tailed Gull.
Rhodostethia rosea (Macgill.), Mem. Wern. Soc. v. No. xiii. p. 249(1824) ; Dresser, viii. p. 343, pl. 594 ; Murdoch, Exp. Pt. Barrow, p. 123, pls. i. ii. ; Saunders, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxv. p. 167 ; id. Manual, p. 659 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 1048 ; Ridgway, p. 37 ; Lilford, vi. p. 33, pls. 15, 16 ; L. rossii, Richardson, App. Parry’s Second Voy. p. 359 (1825) ; Naum. xiii. p. 270, Taf. 388, figs. 3, 4 ; (Gould), B. of Gt. Brit. v. pl. 63.
Male ad. (Disco). Mantle pearl-grey ; primaries rather darker, the first with the outer web black nearly to the tip ; secondaries tipped with white ; rest of the plumage, and tail, which is cuneate, white, the under parts tinged with rose-pink ; middle of neck encircled by a black band, broadest behind ; bill blackish ; legs coral-red ; iris dark brown. Culmen 0.95, wing 10.1 tail 4.4, the middle feathers 0.8 longer than the outermost, tarsus 1.1 inch. Sexes alike. In winter the black collar is absent, and the under parts are quite white. The young bird has the crown and hind neck clouded with dusky, the upper parts marked with sooty blackish and buff, and the tail terminated with blackish brown.
Hab. Franz Josef’s Land and the Polar seas ; straying south in autumn and winter, and has been then recorded once from Yorkshire, several times from Greenland, once from the Faeroes, once from Heligoland, once from St. Michael’s, Alaska, and numbers have been obtained at Point Barrow ; in Asia it inhabits the Arctic Ocean.
But little is known respecting the habits of this Gull, and its nest and eggs have not been discovered.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
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1129. Rhodostethia rosea
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
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Common name: 
Cuneate Tailed Gull
Ross's Gull
Rhodostethia rosea
Vol. 2

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